All the kids that I teach LOVE to doodle. They doodle all over their workbooks, their desks, and even themselves! I also loved doodling in school, and I found it easier to focus while doodling. That’s why this Crumple Art lesson is so versatile! It’s an activity that can either be for one easy, pre-planned lesson, or it could be an activity for quick finishers.
It’s very simple, and only requires:
- plain white paper (any size works, but the example is an 8.5 x 11)
- a good black marker (preferably a sharpie)
- some other brightly-coloured markers
1. Crumple the white paper as small as you’d like it. For younger kids, don’t do too much crumpling, or there will be too much colouring to do. Older kids would enjoy the challenge of smaller sections, so they can crumple it into a pretty small ball.
2. Using the sharpie, trace over all the wrinkles from the crumpling. This may take a while.
3. Colour in all the shapes with bright markers. You can choose a theme (ie. warm or cool colours) or just whatever works. It’s a very therapeutic process, and is great for calming and focussing (even for adults!!)
Mount the finished product on black construction paper, and admire the amazing abstract art that is produced!